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Blog . 5/22-23: Ethan Hawke, Marcello Mastroianni, Ed Harris, Burt Lancaster & more!


5/22-23: Ethan Hawke, Marcello Mastroianni, Ed Harris, Burt Lancaster & more!

05/19/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Richard Suchenski discusses Hou's THE PUPPETMASTER on Saturday
On Saturday at 7:30 pm Richard Suchenski, director of the Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College and organizer of the international touring retrospective “Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien,” appears in person to introduce and discuss THE PUPPETMASTER (1993), one of Hou’s most celebrated works. Inspired by the life of Taiwanese puppeteer Li Tien-lu, an official “national treasure” who appeared in Hou’s previous films City of Sadness and Dust in the Windand was 84 when this movie was made (he died in 1998), The Puppetmaster intercuts Li’s first-person recollections with dramatic reenactments of episodes from his turbulent life. This seamless, multi-layered narrative transports us back to Li’s childhood during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, to his days on the road with a troupe of traveling puppeteers, to his censorship battles with political authorities, and to his ongoing struggles with poverty and traditional family life. There are also memorable puppet performances. Since we are restricted from charging admission to this 1993 masterpiece, admission to Saturday's show is free of charge. (It's our Deal of the Week.) But donations to help defray the hefty cost of the Hou retrospective, and Richard Suchenski's visit, are welcome (and encouraged).

Marcello Mastroianni, Burt Lancaster, and Claudia Cardinale star in unreleased-in-America 1981 WWII drama THE SKIN
Marcello Mastroianni, Burt Lancaster, and Claudia Cardinale star in THE SKIN, a lavish, sensationalist WWII drama from Liliana Cavani, director of The Night Porter. Never before released in America and based on a controversial memoir by oft-imprisoned Italian writer and war correspondent Curzio Malaparte, this 1981 Italian/French film details the American “liberation” of Naples in 1943, emphasizing that freedom came with a heavy price, especially for women who continued to be sexually degraded and exploited by a new set of occupiers. The film pits the innocence of the Americans against the more jaded outlook of beleaguered Italians struggling to survive. It was co-written by Catherine Breillat. J. Hoberman in The New York Times calls The Skin"caustic in dramatizing the dance of the victors and vanquished," saying it "evokes a circle of hell." Adults can catch its long overdue Cleveland premiere on Saturday at 5:00pm. Here's the trailer.

Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris star in gangster updating of Shakespeare's CYMBELINE
Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, and Milla Jovovich star in CYMBELINE, a new film that reimagines Shakespeare’s drama of power and thwarted love as a contemporary urban crime thriller (and sometimes comedy) involving bikers and corrupt cops. Director Michael Almereyda previously updated Hamlet with Ethan Hawke. The Village Voice calls Cymbeline “brash and inventive and more than a little wild.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Friday at 9:10pm. Watch the trailer here.

In 52 TUESDAYS, a teen discovers her sexuality while mom is altering her own
Though a far cry from Boyhood’s 12 years, Sophie Hyde's debut feature 52 TUESDAYS was filmed every Tuesday for one year. A multiple award winner at festivals around the world, the film chronicles the challenging, strained relationship between a 16-year-old girl and her lesbian mother who is undergoing a sex change. The teen, who lives with her dad, is discovering her own sexuality at the same time that mom is altering hers, and the two of them see each other only on Tuesday afternoons. The Village Voice calls 52 Tuesdays “[a] near-masterpiece…Grippingly plotted and exquisitely thoughtful.” See it Friday at 7:00pm. Here's the trailer.

This Weekend


Fri., May 22, at 7:00pm
Aussie coming of age/
sex change drama

Fri., May 22, at 9:10pm
Ethan Hawke &
Ed Harris in
Michael Almereyda's
Shakespeare update

Sat., May 23, at 5:00pm
Marcello Mastroianni,
Burt Lancaster,
Claudia Cardinale in
Liliana Cavani's
Adults only!

Sat., May 23, at 7:30pm
Richared Suchenski discusses
Hou Hsiao-hsien masterpiece
Admission free but donations encouraged


Next Week

Fri., May 29, at 7:00pm
New Digital Restoration!
100th Anniversary!
Dr. Rob Shelton introduces


Sat., May 30, at 5:00pm

Sat., May 30, at 6:50pm

Sat., May 30, at 9:05pm

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